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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

This cool and creamy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is perfect on all kinds of grilled meats, but also with spiced toasted pita wedges and crunchy fresh vegetables!
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek yogurt sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 86kcal

Ingredients

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 cups full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 seedless or English cucumber minced
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh is best
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • extra olive oil for drizzling (optional)
  • extra cucumber and herbs for garnish (optional)

Spiced Toasted Pita Wedges (for dipping - optional)

  • 5 slices pita bread
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • pinch of ground sumac or smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Add yogurt to a large piece of cheesecloth, and place over a colander set inside a bowl for about 30-45 minutes.  Keep refrigerated while it’s draining.  This ensures a thicker sauce. *if you don't have a cheesecloth, add the yogurt to a fine mesh sieve*
  • Add minced cucumbers to a mesh sieve placed over a bowl, and sprinkle with 1 tsp of the salt.  Stir and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Fold a paper towel in half and press down gently but fairly firmly on the cucumbers, to get out as much liquid as possible.  This ensures you don’t have a watered down sauce.
  • To a mixing bowl, add yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, olive oil, black pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp salt.  Stir well to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but sauce will keep for about 4 days.
  • While the sauce is chilling, slice each slice of pita bread into 6 triangles.  Arrange on a baking sheet.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Brush each triangle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sumac and oregano to taste. 
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, until pita is crisp at the edges.

Notes

  1. Recipe makes about 2 - 2 1/2 cups.  I estimated about 1/4 cup per person, giving you about 8-10 servings.  Of course, the exact amount per person is completely up to you.
  2. I buy my cheesecloth from amazon, but you can find it in grocery stores as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg